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Animals Past and Present - University of Illinois Extension

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3 to 6
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Take an in-depth look at animals that have roamed the Earth from 65 million years ago through today with this interesting site. Begin with the introduction to find some incredible ...more
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Take an in-depth look at animals that have roamed the Earth from 65 million years ago through today with this interesting site. Begin with the introduction to find some incredible facts about the lack of life on early Earth and a timeline. Then explore early life in the planet's seas using images of fossils and descriptions of climate and earth changes leading to the formation of other forms of life. Other sections explore the World of Dinosaurs, Frosty Animals of the Ice Age, and Today's Animals and Their Distant Cousins. The site is also available in Spanish.

tag(s): animals (276), dinosaurs (57), fossils (44), illinois (9), mammals (32)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on animals on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Use this site as a learning station or center. Pair weaker readers with others to help with text-heavy portions. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site, and have them create a simple infographic about an animal and its relatives sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage reviewed here. Have students create online animal posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here.

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eduXtive - Cool & Free Learning Games for Kids - eduXtive.com

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1 to 12
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Looking for free, educational, Flash-based activities? Go to eduXtive and find a variety of activities from preschool to high school. Categories include: Art, Brain, Financial, Geography,...more
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Looking for free, educational, Flash-based activities? Go to eduXtive and find a variety of activities from preschool to high school. Categories include: Art, Brain, Financial, Geography, Keyboarding, History, Basic Math, Algebra, Fractions, Geometry, Memory, Colors and Shapes, Preschool, Numbers, Responsibilities, Puzzle, Science, Skills, and Strategy. Don't miss the Protein Synthesis Race. Follow the DNA quiz to Amino Acid Match. The great variety in activities will keep you discovering new and exciting material every time you visit. Be sure to look at the extensive tag list at the bottom of the home page to find all "game" categories. Watch out for some advertising links. Some appear to be part of the site.
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tag(s): brain (72), colors (79), dna (69), energy (197), fractions (239), game based learning (103), geology (81), keyboarding (38), numbers (204), preK (279), puzzles (208), rocks (49)

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Find the topic area you are studying to accompany your lessons. The activities provide remediation or enrichment depending on your need. Make a shortcut directly to the actual game page for a classroom center to use with younger students. Expose your students to a variety of topics so they can jump right in when you start the content area study. Use the activities as an extra practice or advanced exploration. Add to your class website for students to practice at home. This site can stay on your website all year to accompany so many different subjects and areas.
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GoClass - GoClass/Learning Mate

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K to 12
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Create interactive lessons accessible from mobile devices or computers using GoClass. GoClass uses a "Show" (media elements and videos), "Explain" (notes and examples), and "Ask" (real-time...more
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Create interactive lessons accessible from mobile devices or computers using GoClass. GoClass uses a "Show" (media elements and videos), "Explain" (notes and examples), and "Ask" (real-time assessments) format making it easy to set up your instruction and presentation. The lessons can have images, videos, links to other web pages, and text. There is a broadcast feature where you can project the lesson or send it to student devices. The broadcast feature allows for both projecting and personal devices at the same time so students can follow on their device or a large screen. Start tracking learning in real-time by creating an account with your email or Google ID. Visit the About and How it Works links to learn more about this engaging tool. Some of the introduction videos require YouTube. If YouTube isn't allowed in your school, you may want to view the videos at home.
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tag(s): assessment (99), classroom management (134), DAT device agnostic tool (196)

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Set up your account and your classes. Students can be added to a number of "courses," making GoClass a great tool for differentiation! Differentiate the instruction for your gifted students using this tool. Set up mini "courses" for your students so they access the material they need at their level. Use GoClass with your students to introduce whole class instruction for a concept and then assign them the activity through their mini-course to differentiate the instruction. Make your meetings with teachers (grade levels, departments, and professional development) interactive using GoClass. You can create 12 lesson plans for free.

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Smarter Cookie - Tess Brustein & Mike Gerson

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K to 12
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Smarter Cookie is an online video coaching and professional development platform for teachers. Sign up with your email and get an email back with a link to quick tips. Teachers ...more
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Smarter Cookie is an online video coaching and professional development platform for teachers. Sign up with your email and get an email back with a link to quick tips. Teachers upload videos along with a short description of the video content and the focus for feedback, and share with colleagues, mentors, or supervisors. Viewers then type in feedback that is time stamped to video content. Upload videos directly from your computer or through the app for an iOS device, and add lesson plans, worksheets or other desired files. Include a title, lesson objectives, and focus areas for feedback. Then send the video link via email to your intended audience. Be sure to visit Smarter Cookie's Resource Center for detailed instructions on how to use the site and all of the features. Upload unlimited videos of ten minutes or less and receive feedback from up to 5 colleagues with a free account.

tag(s): mentoring (12), preK (279), professional development (123)

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Use Smarter Cookie as part of your personalized professional development plan. Share videos with colleagues or supervisors as part of the evaluation process. Use with student teachers to provide specific feedback with lessons. You can upload unlimited videos; if 10 minutes is not enough, divide the video in half, and upload a "part 2".

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Sidekick - HubSpot

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Sidekick is a browser add-on that provides real-time notification of incoming emails. Sidekick will work with Outlook, Gmail, Hubspot, and salesforce.com. Install with one click (and...more
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Sidekick is a browser add-on that provides real-time notification of incoming emails. Sidekick will work with Outlook, Gmail, Hubspot, and salesforce.com. Install with one click (and your email address) using the button on the home page. You can find out when recipients open or click on your email. Keep track of how many times recipients open your email by clicking the appropriate box

tag(s): social networking (112)

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Use Sidekick to verify parents have seen email notifications, for sending emails to students, or for any other purpose when you want to ensure someone received your email. Trying to inform parents of upcoming events? See who has viewed the email to know which parents are aware.

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Parent Toolkit - NBC News Education Nation and Pearson

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K to 12
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The Parent Toolkit provides an informative guide to child development from preK through High School. Choose from grade-level charts to view academic, health, and social guidelines with...more
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The Parent Toolkit provides an informative guide to child development from preK through High School. Choose from grade-level charts to view academic, health, and social guidelines with benchmarks and tips. Articles by noted experts offer up to date information and advice for parents and teachers of all grade levels. Don't forget to browse through the National Resources for local help with Mathematics and English, searchable by state.

tag(s): child development (25), learning styles (19), parent conferences (22), parents (56), preK (279), social skills (20)

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Share the Parent Toolkit with parents as an excellent resource for up to date information on education and parenting. Create a link to the appropriate grade level information on your class webpage to help parents understand developmental guidelines for their student. Share this site with colleagues during professional development to gain further understanding of academic and social grade level benchmarks.

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LunaPic - lunapic.com

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K to 12
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LunaPic is an easy to use, online photo editor that doesn't require registration. Upload your picture from any computer, website, or social media option to begin. Choose from many photo...more
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LunaPic is an easy to use, online photo editor that doesn't require registration. Upload your picture from any computer, website, or social media option to begin. Choose from many photo effect options such as red-eye removal, vintage, dark, or pencil strokes. Use options within each photo effect to create your desired image. There is even an effect to insert your picture as the image on a dollar bill! Choose from save options to save to your computer, email, or add to other sites.
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tag(s): editing (60), images (265), photography (160)

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Use this tool anytime photos need to be edited for use on class blogs, wikis, or sites. In primary grades, use this tool to edit pictures from a field trip, science experiments, and more. Share the editing process with your younger students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Edit the project together! Encourage older students to use this tool on images for projects or presentations. Use it to edit pictures to match historic looking pictures for reports or to set a mood. Of course, you will want to require that students give proper credit for any starter image they obtain from copyright-safe (CC licensed) sources.

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Moo.do - Jay Meistrich and Grant Watters

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K to 12
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Organize YOUR way with Moo.do. Just begin typing to create lists. Mark to set priority options and highlight important text. Drag and drop items at any time to place ...more
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Organize YOUR way with Moo.do. Just begin typing to create lists. Mark to set priority options and highlight important text. Drag and drop items at any time to place in order. Use @date to automatically add items to your calendar and instantly add names from your contacts for email or phone access. Be sure to watch the video (requires YouTube) and follow tutorials to quickly learn how to organize your life with Moo.do. If your school blocks YouTube, you may want to view the tutorial at home.

tag(s): calendars (44), DAT device agnostic tool (196), organizational skills (122)

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Any student would appreciate having an online time/task management tool they can access anywhere, but learning support students and disorganized gifted students need one. If they are over 13 or have parent permission, this is perfect! You may want to model using this online tool to help middle and high school students learn better personal organization. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector during the first week of school to help students set up their own accounts. Parents may appreciate learning about this site also. Use this site professionally to keep yourself organized! Make a demo account for a mythical student and organize it together so students can see how it works. Teachers in lower grades can use this tool for their own productivity.

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PixiClip - pixiclip.com

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K to 12
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PixiClip (currently in Beta) is an online whiteboard tool that allows you to record and share a drawing with optional audio or webcam accompaniment. Choose the Get Started or Create...more
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PixiClip (currently in Beta) is an online whiteboard tool that allows you to record and share a drawing with optional audio or webcam accompaniment. Choose the Get Started or Create a PixiClip button to begin and click on Start Doodling. You also have the option to record using the microphone or webcam link. Add color, text, draw, and upload images using the tool bar. When finished, choose Publish, options for privacy, and choices for showing the cursor during your clip. Create a free account to retain saved clips on the site. Share without an account to Facebook, Twitter, email, or using an embed code. You can save clips without an account by saving the URL, but these clips will be "public" for anyone with the URL to see.

tag(s): multimedia (57)

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Introduce this tool to students who are working on group projects. Have students use this to work as partners or as a small team to complete complex math problems or equations. Give students a problem by typing it on their board. Have them work through the problem together, noting all of their reasoning and steps of work along the way. Have them "turn in" their work by URL or post the URL on the class wiki to compare with others. Use PixiClip as a brainstorming or sketching space as groups share ideas for a major project or to solve a real world problem. Create a PixiClip using any image to demonstrate a concept such as labeling parts of a cell, identifying landforms, or more. Have very young students draw and narrate their drawings, such as describing the life cycle of a plant or even telling an animated story. They will need to plan a storyboard and practice first, but the resulting recordings would be wonderful digital writings! Embed resulting recordings on your class web page for students to view at home. Use this tool with an uploaded image in Art class to have students demonstrate understanding of design concepts as they narrate and explain how the eye "travels" through the image.

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Ideas For Class - Peter Mogck

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K to 6
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Ideas for Class is a social sharing site for classroom decorating inspiration. Scroll through the pages to view images of classroom decorations shared by teachers. Follow tags to find...more
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Ideas for Class is a social sharing site for classroom decorating inspiration. Scroll through the pages to view images of classroom decorations shared by teachers. Follow tags to find similar themes such as grade level, holidays, or subject. Hidden in the top left corner of each page is a little box icon with three lines. Click the lines to search by keyword, grade level, and more. Post your own classroom decorations using the provided link. Save ideas to Pinterest reviewed here using the "PinIt" link in each image.
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tag(s): back to school (58), classroom management (134), preK (279)

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Use Ideas for Class as inspiration for classroom decorations throughout the year. Share with a parent helper for ideas when decorating for class parties. Work together with other teachers in your grade level to design complementary classroom themes.

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Itten's Twelve Part Color Wheel - Thinking Woman Studios

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3 to 12
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Explore colors and the color wheel using this interactive. (You can turn off the music to concentrate better!) See primary colors, color schemes, and more visually -- along with text...more
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Explore colors and the color wheel using this interactive. (You can turn off the music to concentrate better!) See primary colors, color schemes, and more visually -- along with text explanations. There is a typo in the text-- can you find it? Small thumbnail images serve as examples of the various color schemes.

tag(s): colors (79), light (46), painting (66), psychology (64)

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This simple color wheel can launch many explorations and discussions, both scientific and artistic. Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector during an art lesson on color or during your unit on color and light in science class. With younger students, you can simply show the interrelationships among the colors. If you study perception during a science unit on the senses, include a discussion of color and how we relate to colors we see. Your visual-spatial students will respond to the science concepts of color in this "applied" artistic context. As an extension, have students investigate the physics of different colored light or the way the human eye vs. other species see color.
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Royalty Free Music - Kevin MacLeod

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3 to 12
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Royalty Free Music provides music in several genres for free download to your computer. Choose from genres such as African, Modern, or Soundtracks, as well as different "feels" such...more
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Royalty Free Music provides music in several genres for free download to your computer. Choose from genres such as African, Modern, or Soundtracks, as well as different "feels" such as humorous or intense to start your search. Each piece includes a short description including instruments, play time, and tempo. Listen to each selection before deciding to download. (Some also include a link to a "video" plays the tune with visual annotations). Choose the download button to save to your computer. Some selections also include a YouTube link for video viewing. Click the "More" button for complete credits and licensing information. Be sure to give proper credit when you use one of these downloads!
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tag(s): copyright (47), sound (100), sounds (68)

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You might want to share this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) before student use to demonstrate how to use the search and how to work around the many advertisements on the site. Play musical selections for students to "name the instrument" or talk about musical elements and styles in music class. Have partners explore the site to find examples of different rhythms or styles they prefer. Use Royalty Free Music for soft background music during quiet work times in your classroom. Share with students for use in multimedia presentations. Try sharing this resource with students when they are creating podcasts, slideshows, and other media projects. This would also be great for performance groups such as drama clubs or musicals that need background music. Use background music for poetry readings during poetry month. Have them try making a "sound rebus" story on your class wiki, with words and sound links to tell what happens. Download sound effects and add them, worry-free, to projects or productions. Make sure students realize that "royalty free" does not dismiss the need to give proper credit for their source!
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Webnote - Tony Chang

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4 to 12
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Take "sticky notes" quickly and easily -- wherever you have a web browser available. Just name your workspace and load the page. There is no sign-in or registration. Click on ...more
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Take "sticky notes" quickly and easily -- wherever you have a web browser available. Just name your workspace and load the page. There is no sign-in or registration. Click on the yellow square (upper left corner) to create a sticky note. Double click on the note to write text. Change the color to visually organize notes. Click on the disk icon to save. Wait... there is more... you can store pictures, give presentations, use it for real-time collaboration, or simply make a to-do list. Just save the URL to share with friends and co-workers or to go back and revise. Check out the "Hint" page to learn how you can add HTML code to link to another website, how to move all notes of one color at the same time, and much more. This site looks simple, but it is quite powerful.

tag(s): brainstorming (23), note taking (32), organizational skills (122), writing (358)

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Use a Webnote to collaborate when collecting ideas, brainstorming, and more. There are many classroom uses for electronic note taking. Science and math students can jot down the steps or reminders of what they did in a lab or math problem. History students can take notes on the text they are reading. Students in all subjects can take notes for a test or create questions for a test on Webnote. Language Arts students can keep track of characters in a novel and write responses as they read. Writing students can use this tool as a place to jot down ideas or first drafts. Make sure your students COPY and save the url to their own webnotes. They can "tun them in" to you by url or share them with classmates. Have the next student add notes in a different color, perhaps arguing or elaborating on some of the original notes.

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The All-Star River Explorers - University of Illinois Extension

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3 to 6
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Discover the basics of rivers and how they form with this kid-friendly adventure. Read and listen to facts about rivers. View and compare maps from previous centuries to today's maps...more
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Discover the basics of rivers and how they form with this kid-friendly adventure. Read and listen to facts about rivers. View and compare maps from previous centuries to today's maps and learn about changes to rivers through natural and unnatural changes. Explore several in-depth sections including River Basics, River Dollars & Sense, and Ooze, Good & Other Nasty Things.

tag(s): ecology (135), explorers (61), maps (288), rivers (21)

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Have students try out this site on individual computers or as a learning center. Turn sound off or on according to your needs. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. This is a great find for gifted students. Explore the logic or unusual topics (for example, a site where students can do more in-depth investigation related to a "standard" curriculum topic)! This site is excellent for enrichment. Include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class.
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Down the Drain Project - The Center for Innovation in Science and Engineering

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3 to 12
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Down the Drain is a free Internet-based collaborative project that has classes around the world share and compare their water consumption. For a detailed explanation, visit the New...more
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Down the Drain is a free Internet-based collaborative project that has classes around the world share and compare their water consumption. For a detailed explanation, visit the New to the Project link. The project includes a hypothesis, prediction, data collection, and comparing results. The data collection period lasts one week. There is a link for Student Activities. The Teacher Guide link offers an overview of the project, publishing policy information, and extension activities. The project says it is designed for grades 4-8 but can be used in upper grades, as well.

tag(s): environment (317), recycling (57), water (130)

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Bring problem-based learning into your classroom and share the results globally. Encourage multiple classrooms or schools in your area to participate. Extend the project by having collaborative groups find water saving ideas to employ in school, at home, or in the community. Find ways to share results locally in newspapers or news channels to encourage community involvement. Present findings with a variety of multimedia: PowerPoint, Prezi, reviewed here, video, podOmatic podcast, reviewed here, artwork, poetry, or song.

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Holt Interactive Graphic Organizers - Holt

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2 to 12
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Interactive Graphic Organizers help to gather thoughts, visualize, understand, or organize. Find interactive graphic organizers from categories such as identifying/organizing details,...more
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Interactive Graphic Organizers help to gather thoughts, visualize, understand, or organize. Find interactive graphic organizers from categories such as identifying/organizing details, order and sequence, cause and effect, process diagrams, persuasive position support, vocabulary, and many others. The selected organizer will download in PDF format. The features of the form are: interactive form fields, highlighting, adding mark-up, commenting, and saving it all. Find accompanying teaching notes for each organizer by clicking on the link in the paragraph at the top of the page. The teacher guide has detailed lessons and suggested uses.

tag(s): concept mapping (22), graphic organizers (43)

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Mark this site on your class web page, put it on your task bar, and add to all student computers. Demonstrate by using and creating your customized graphic organizer. Turn it into PDF format and save or print. Get students in the habit of using graphic organizers to improve achievement, organization, and details.
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MergeFil.es - mergefil.es

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K to 12
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Merge multiple file formats into one format easily and quickly with Mergefil.es; merge from your computer or Google Drive. Formats supported include PDF, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS...more
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Merge multiple file formats into one format easily and quickly with Mergefil.es; merge from your computer or Google Drive. Formats supported include PDF, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, images, html, and/or .txt files. After uploading files, choose the target format for your merged file: PDF, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, or audio file. Within just a few moments, your finished document will be available for download and use. Merged files created using the free version will contain the site's watermark, obscuring some of the information.
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tag(s): worksheets (59)

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Use MergeFil.es to easily combine documents for viewing in one format. Combine lesson plans for a complete unit including handouts, worksheets, and more. Create a quick PowerPoint presentation by combining several different file formats. Ever find terrific activity sheets, but they need tweaking to make them work for your classes? This tool helps save time by allowing you to edit PDF files in Word to avoid reinventing the wheel; be aware of copyrighted materials. Science teachers can take lab activities and refine questions or add instructions as needed for their classrooms. English teachers can add standardized test prompts to preexisting general worksheets to tailor the activity to suit their state's testing needs. Mergefil.es is a helpful tool for students entering contests or completing applications offered only in PDF form.
  This resource requires Adobe Flash and PDF reader software like Adobe Acrobat.

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Raindrop.io - Mussabekov Rustem

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K to 12
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Raindrop.io is a smart bookmarking tool to "collect" online and media content. It is available as a mobile app, as a web tool, and as a browser extension for Safari, ...more
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Raindrop.io is a smart bookmarking tool to "collect" online and media content. It is available as a mobile app, as a web tool, and as a browser extension for Safari, Chrome, Opera, or Firefox. After adding the extension to your browser, a couple of clicks saves and organizes content into thematic collections. Collections can include videos and other content. Watch the tour videos to see how it works. Add tags, and drag and drop bookmarks between collections as you wish. Browse your collections using the search bar and keywords. Use Raindrop's social networking feature to create and share collections or find and subscribe to others' collections. Receive a weekly email digest of your bookmarks, or turn that feature off.
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tag(s): bookmarks (60), DAT device agnostic tool (196), organizational skills (122)

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Use Raindrop.io to create a bank of resources to use for each content unit within your subject or your class. Have students download and use the materials you provide via Raindrop to make their own projects, complete webquests, or to learn independently. Create a separate class account for students to curate their own lists of bookmarks and resources. Use this tool to compile web treasure hunts to learn or introduce any topic within your content area. Collect links to informational texts for students to read "closely" a la CCSS. With younger students, create collections of audio books for children to view and listen to. Share simple interactives teaching colors, numbers and more for a computer center. Have students create their own Raindrop as a place to store links for a project. Share a link to your Raindrop on your class webpage. Save pictures of class activities with a Raindrop collection to share with parents. Encourage your gifted students to curate collections of media and articles above the level of current curriculum or for individual research on related topics they are interested in. Share these "advanced" collections with all students to spark personal learning.

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Embed.ly - Sean Creeley and Art Gibson

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K to 12
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Embedly is an extremely easy to use embed code generator. Simply click Create Embed and paste in the URL for the site you want to embed. View a preview and ...more
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Embedly is an extremely easy to use embed code generator. Simply click Create Embed and paste in the URL for the site you want to embed. View a preview and copy the automatically generated embed code. Options include adding a dark background or making the preview chromeless (colorless). The dark ground will hide any text that is black.

tag(s): wikis (19)

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Add visual interest to your website, wiki, or blog using Embed.ly. Create links with a preview of any website to put on your blog, wiki, or website. Make web links actual "mini" views of the site using the embed tool, a real advantage for your non-readers! Share Embed.ly with students to add links to student-created blogs and websites. Have students embed a site that they are critiquing or analyzing in their blog post, such as a political site or a site of questionable reliability. Embed.ly is the ideal tool to use on your wiki, class webpage, or blog for the sites you and your students use on a regular basis. If you have not started using a wiki or blog but would like to learn how, check out TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through or TeachersFirst Blog Basics.
 

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Story Wars - StoryWars.net

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3 to 10
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Story Wars offers an online collaborative writing tool and experience. Choose from stories that have already been started and write the next chapter, or begin your own story and allow...more
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Story Wars offers an online collaborative writing tool and experience. Choose from stories that have already been started and write the next chapter, or begin your own story and allow others to write new chapters. Owners of each story approve additional chapters before inclusion in their story. Our editors suggest previewing the story before sharing with your class, since site (or adult) moderation is not mentioned. At the time of this review, our editors saw nothing inappropriate.

tag(s): creative writing (166), digital storytelling (142)

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Create your own class story starter then have students add on additional chapters. Ask each student to create a story and have other students add to their classmate's writing. Create a link to completed stories on classroom computers as a reading center for younger students. If your class has a pen pal or works with a "little buddies" class throughout the year, use Story Wars as an enjoyable writing project together. In science or social studies class, have students write nonfiction pieces for others to complete with historically or scientifically accurate information. Make recounting history or explaining science interactive and social! In world language class, promote written language and vocabulary development by creating cooperative stories. For English vocabulary development, have students use the words of the week in a new chapter of a continuing story.

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